[Book Review] All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

18586478Title: All the Birds, Singing
Author: Evie Wyld
Genres: Fiction, contemporary, literary fiction, magical realism, mystery

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: Jake Whyte lives by herself in an old farmhouse on a British island, accompanied only by her dog and her flock of sheep. However, something or someone are killing the sheep. There are foxes in the woods, strange people roaming her property, and rumors of an obscure beast. Thousands of miles away there’s also Jake’s past, a past that is threatening to come back and haunt her.

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[Book Review] The Dark Dark: Stories by Samantha Hunt

51mqci7w7hl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: The Dark Dark: Stories
Author: Samantha Hunt
Genre: Fiction, short stories, literary fiction, magical realism, surrealism, horror

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: A woman may or may not be turning into a deer at night. An FBI agent develops a humanoid robot for a suicide mission and falls in love with it. Two strangers become intimate and suddenly find themselves responsible for the resurrection of a dog. This collection of ten dark, captivating, and mind-bending short stories blends the literary and the surreal.

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[Book Review] Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

7675953Title: Cat’s Eye
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, contemporary

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Elaine Risley, a middle-aged controversial painter, returns to Toronto for the opening of a retrospective of her art. Her return triggers vivid memories of her childhood and adolescence, and she reminisces about the girls who introduced her to the complex world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a woman, and also seek release from the memories that haunt her.

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[Book Review] The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

30558877Title: The Summer that Melted Everything
Author: Tiffany McDaniel
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, magical realism, contemporary

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: During the summer of 1984, when a scorching heatwave invades Breathed, Ohio, Fielding Bliss befriends the devil. The devil calls himself Sal, is a bruised and skinny 13-year-old boy, and has come to answer an invitation from Autopsy Bliss, Fielding’s father. The Bliss family takes him in, assuming he’s just a runaway boy, but after a series of strange accidents, the townspeople start to believe that Sal really is the devil. While the Bliss family faces their own personal demons, the tensions in Breathed rise along with the feverish heat.

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[Book Review] Maurice by E. M. Forster

coverTitle: Maurice
Author: E. M. Forster
Genre: Fiction, classics, romance, literary fiction, LGBT+

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set in the world of Cambridge undergraduate life during the Edwardian era, we follow Maurice Hall, a privileged young man who is conventional in almost every way – except that he is attracted to his own sex. Gradually, Maurice experiences an emotional and sexual awakening, first through Clive, his friend at Cambridge, and later through Alec, the gamekeeper at Clive’s country estate. This novel explores the repressive attitudes of British society, as well as one man’s journey to self-discovery.

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[Book Review] The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

41rfwxn5islTitle: The Blind Assassin
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, mystery, sci-fi

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In 1945, a young woman named Laura Chase dies under ambiguous circumstances. Several decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recalls her memories of her childhood and the events and relationships that affected her wealthy, eccentric family, including her unhappy marriage to businessman Richard Griffen. Intertwined with Iris’ story are chapters from “The Blind Assassin”, the scandalous novel that made Laura famous. In it, two illicit lovers create a science fiction story about a blind killer on a distant planet. Together, these stories gradually illuminate the secrets of the Chase family.

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[Book Review] Hunger by Knut Hamsun

9788205394810Title: Hunger*
Author: Knut Hamsun
Genre: Fiction, classics, literary fiction, psychological

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set at the end of the 19th century, we follow the struggles of a starving young man trying to make it as a writer in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway. On the outside he tries to maintain an image of someone respectable and dignified, his sense of pride is strong, and he works hard to get his work published. However the poverty he lives in, and not to mention the overwhelming hunger he feels on a daily basis, slowly but surely shatters his sense of reality.

I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Sult”.

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